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by Scott Creighton
Perfect timing for Israel, right?
… and along comes this man from East Jerusalem (of course) to perpetrate a copycat truck attack on a crowd of Israeli soldiers who seem to be standing around waiting to file onto a bus… for no apparent reason (why were they kept from boarding the bus?)… instantly transforming Israel from perpetrator to victim.
Four Israeli soldiers were reportedly killed (martyred?) including 3 new recruits. Two of those killed had U.S. ties reportedly.
All that and Bibi says “Oh look! It’s “ISIS”!”
from SANA English
President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday France’s current policy is disconnected from the reality of the war in Syria, stressing that this policy has helped inflame the situation through the support provided to the terrorist organizations, which have turned into a threat not only to the peoples of the region, but to the peoples of the Western countries as well.
His remarks came during a meeting with a French delegation, including a number of members of the French National Assembly and a number of intellectuals, headed by Thiery Mariani.
The President was assured on the safety of the delegation members after the terrorist attack they came under in the vicinity of Aleppo International Airport, noting that the Syrian people have been, since the outset of the war on Syria, facing similar attacks by the terrorist organizations that are supported by regional and western countries.
He added that these attacks have already claimed the lives of tens of thousands of Syrians and destroyed infrastructure in the country.
President al-Assad pointed out that the delegation’s visit and what they have come to see during their tours, especially in Aleppo, would help them create realistic views about the crimes committed by the terrorists against the Syrian people.
This idea was echoed by the visiting French figures, who said their visit to Syria in general and to Aleppo in particular, especially at the current time, has provided a real opportunity to come to know what the Syrian people have been subjected to during the ongoing war.
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(Assad said he will open dialog with legitimate opposition, not the ones owned and operated by the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Qatar and that he will gladly step down according to the constitution which means there must be a referendum and the PEOPLE of Syria must make that determination. Aside from that he says he will remain president until his elected term in office ends)
from Press TV
Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad says the armed forces will fight until the liberation of “every inch” of the homeland from militant and extremist presence.
Assad made the remarks in a statement given to French media, the full version of which was published by the official Syrian Arab News Agency on Monday.
“Of course it’s our mission, according to the constitution and according to the laws, that we have to liberate every inch of the Syrian land,” he said.
Assad had been asked whether the country had any plans to liberate Raqqa from the Daesh Takfiri terror group, which has named the northern city as its so-called headquarters in the Arab country.
“We do not consider that (retaking Aleppo from the militants) as a victory because victory will be when we have eliminated all the terrorists,” Assad said, adding however, that “it is a critical moment in this war because we are on the path to victory.”
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(No regime change. No Greater Kurdistan. No giving the Golan Heights and all that LNG to Israel. No wonder the fake left hates the Russians so much.)
by Sharmine Narwani, RT
East Aleppo is liberated, and regime-change has lost its luster. It’s no surprise Syria’s foes are ready to promote the next big goal: partition. Like most Syrian conflict predictions, of which few have materialized, the ‘partition’ of Syria is not going to happen.
In February, when East Aleppo was still bulging with Western-trained, Al Qaeda-allied militants, Syrian President Bashar Assad was asked the question: “Do you think that you can regain control over all Syrian territory?”
Well, yes, said Assad: “This is a goal we are seeking to achieve without any hesitation. It makes no sense for us to say that we will give up any part.”
Western politicians were having none of that.
First up was US Secretary of State John Kerry who coyly informed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the Obama administration may have a Plan B up its sleeve for Syria: “it may be too late to keep it as a whole Syria if we wait much longer.”
Next, James Stavridis, former NATO Supreme Commander and head of the US European Command penned an article for Foreign Policy entitled “It’s time to seriously consider partitioning Syria” where he claimed: “Syria as a nation is increasingly a fiction.”
Then, CIA Director John Brennan joined the chorus: “There’s been so much blood spilled, I don’t know if we’re going to be able to get back to [a unified Syria] in my lifetime.”
But now the stinging defeat of Western-backed militants in East Aleppo has turned up the dial on the idea of breaking up Syria. Frantic neocons and liberal interventionists are piling in on the ‘partition’ punditry – with nary a backward glance to their five failed years of “Assad will fall” prognostications.
But Assad understands something that Western analysts, journalists and politicians cannot seem to grasp. Syria’s allies in this war – Iran, Hezbollah, Iraq, Russia, China – have maintained only two hard red lines throughout the conflict:
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The United States dropped 26,171 bombs in 2016, which is 3,027 more than it dropped in 2015. Most of the 2016 bombs — 24,287, to be precise — were dropped in Iraq and Syria as part of the coalition effort to defeat the Islamic State.
An additional 1,337 bombs were dropped in Afghanistan, marking a nearly 50 percent increase compared to the previous year. The bombing rate increased in Libya as well, where nearly 500 U.S. bombs were dropped, and another 34 bombs were dropped in Yemen plus 14 in Somalia and three in Pakistan. These numbers come from a Council on Foreign Relations analysis of Defense Department data.
Despite dropping so many thousands of bombs in seven countries in 2016, the United States is officially not at war in any of them. Read more about this Orwellian situation from The Week‘s Damon Linker.